District of Columbia Animal Shelter

Find District of Columbia District of Columbia animal shelters, puppy dog and cat shelters, pet adoption centers, dog pounds, and humane societies. Animal shelters provide information on adopting dogs, cats, and pets, animal care and rescue, and animal control.


American Horse Protection Association 1000 29th Street Northwest Washington DC 20007 202-965-0500


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1755 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington DC 20036 202-232-5020

Animal Shelter 1201 New York Avenue Northeast Washington DC 20002 202-576-6664

City Dogs Rescue 2121 Decatur Place Northwest Washington DC 20008 202-567-7364

Doris Day Animal Foundation 227 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington DC 20002 202-546-1761

Humane Society of the United States 2100 L Street Northwest Washington DC 20037 202-452-1100

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue 4319 Harrison Street Northwest Washington DC 20015 202-664-4206

The Washington Animal Rescue League-Medical Center 71 Oglethorpe Street Northwest Washington DC 20011 202-726-2556

Washington Humane Society 7319 Georgia Avenue Northwest Washington DC 20012 202-723-5730

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What is an Animal Shelter?

Household animals that no longer have homes are often brought to animal shelters. Animal shelters are safe places to bring animals that are abandoned or lost. Many shelters will also take in animals that are sick or injured. In some areas of the U.S., humane societies will also provide shelter for animals. Shelters often serve as pet adoption centers. Animal shelters are also open to household pets taken from owners who can no longer care for them, those who have mistreated them, or those who have violated animal welfare laws.

Shelters provide animal care, rescue, and animal control. They assist with adopting dogs, cats, and other pets. They also may offer services like spaying or neutering. Shelters may offer adoption. Local and county governments fund some dog pounds and animal shelters, while volunteers and donations provide further support.